Suffering In Cancer:
Dying Without Pain
By: Herbert M. Shelton
Hygienic Review February 1978
Cancer sufferers are said to die fiendish
deaths. Their suffering is persistent
and almost unbearable. This intense
suffering lasts for days or weeks, or
until death puts a merciful end to the
This tragic ending results from the usual treatment, which is about as follows:
the surgeon amputates, excises or extirpates a cancer and gives X-ray
treatments to prevent a return.
Such treatment renders the patient exquisitely sensitive, requiring (according
to "medical science") mild anodynes, which are all too soon supplanted by the
king "painkiller" opium or morphine—a habit-forming drug which in a short
time produces more pain than it relieves. Drugs are the chief cause of these
The two chief causes of intolerable suffering in cancer are:
1. Anodynes (drugs to "relieve" pain).
2. Eating any food at all when uncomfortable.
As both of these procedures are regular parts of standard medical practice, it
is not amiss to say that most of the suffering of cancer patients is caused by
When, through feeding and drugging, pain is established and intensified, a
drug habit is established.
From this point on pain is dictator. Day and night, patient, physician, nurse,
family and friends must dance attendance on this tyrant. Unless feeding and
drugging are discontinued, the pains must persist and grow in intensity until
the cancer patient pleads for death as a "relief" from his intolerable suffering.
The most terrible pains are induced by drugs to "relieve" suffering. These are
continued until a drug habit is formed after which, the amount required to
relieve must be continuously increased until the most "potent" anodyne will no
longer afford respite from suffering.
When this point is reached, the poor sufferer clamors for a gun or for sufficient
drug to kill. What a dreadful penalty to have to pay at the end of life—a penalty
that is made necessary by feeding and drugging, after physicians and
surgeons have cut, slashed, X-rayed, and radium-ized to their hearts content.
If there were no physicians with their dreadful disease-breeding influence on
the people and their deadly disease-producing drugs and prophylactic
measures, good health and long life would be as common as disease and
early death are today.
When the patient realizes that his or her case is hopeless, when hope is gone,
there is no longer any courage to fight. The desire for "relief" increases day by
day and the patient will use all of his or her persuasive powers to get enough
drugs to end it all. All who have cancer must die of that disease plus scientific
There is but one logical and successful way to stop pain and this is to cease
feeding and drugging. No food until comfortable, then fruit juices for a few
days, then raw fruits and vegetables, with due attention to bathing and
If there is pain, another fast until comfortable with warm water to control the
pain, drinking hot water ad libitum. This done, in a reasonable time, the patient
will be comfortable. This assures keenness enough of mind to enjoy friends
to the end.
If the end is near, the patient can remain rational to the last minute of life; if the
end is some weeks or months away, light eating of fruits and vegetables will
maintain comfort during this period.
How truly did Dr. Tilden speak when he wrote:
"The end of a cancer patient under food and drug poisoning is like the wailing of
lost souls as depicted by writers of an earlier age when describing the tragedy
Few such patients are willing to eat sparingly enough to live comfortably—
friends arid relatives usually take the position that "she has but a few days to
live anyway, she may as well enjoy herself while she can."
What they overlook is the fact that she does not enjoy herself, but greatly
intensifies her misery. Most people prefer to go to their death drunk on food,
alcohol, or drugs.
I saw one woman deliberately prepare and "enjoy" a meal she wanted and,
then, take enough pain-"relieving" drug to kill herself, rather than persist with
the dietary restrictions that were enabling her to live in comfort.
I saw a man deliberately cast aside the dietary restrictions that had kept him
free of pain for an extended period, return to eating habits that he had been
warned would result in suffering, and, then, when he suffered, refused another
short fast and a return to dietary restrictions, but demanded an operation he
had been warned would kill him. He died on the operating table.
I saw another man in his middle thirties with two inoperable cancers, who had
grown stronger, was free of pain for an extended period, and had discarded
drugs, eat a forbidden meal (a meal of dove) which was followed in two hours
by intense pain. He took another three day fast and became comfortable.
By adhering to the prescribed dietary restrictions he was free of pain for
another month. Then he repeated his former offense, which brought
immediate suffering. He refused another fast, refused another period of
dietary restrictions, returned to his use of anodynes and was soon numbered
among those who had been but are no more.
These three patients chose death rather than life without their favorite
indulgences. The first of them wanted pie and coffee, the second wanted salt
and bread, the third wanted flesh foods.
None of them wanted to live without these things, which they valued higher
than life itself. Old Mother Nature has a way of accommodating those who
Our people do not know the meaning of self-restraint. They are unable to
interpret the language of their senses. They have been taught to "go the limit"
and, then, when they suffer, to palliate their suffering with drugs.
Thus they become slaves to habits that destroy them. They lose all desire to
break their fetters and be free again. The unbearable suffering that grows out
of their incorrigibility and drugging ends only at death.
The ancient admonition: "Choose life that ye may live" is as unintelligible to
men and women of today as it was to those to whom it was given. Today we
choose suffering and premature death.
By: Herbert M. Shelton
Article: Suffering In Cancer